Archive for November, 2008

Rain

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Today I learned the hard way that an umbrella makes almost no difference when you’re caught in a monsoon.

I was walking over to the train station from my house. I was already half way there and it started dribbling. So instinctually I pulled out my umbrella.

People around me without umbrellas started running to their destinations. I just smiled and slowly strolled to the train station.

Fail.

Within a matter of a minute, the small sprinkle became sheets of water. And to compound the matter, there was an ever so soft breeze. But, with so much water coming down, that made enough of it go sideways that even though I was under an umbrella, my shoulders were soaked.

Atop a waterfall. Knee deep in trouble.

Friday, November 14th, 2008

So we’re on our second day in Chiang Mai. Last night was amazing. We witnessed the Yi Peng festival and Loy Krathong.

Today, it’s just as amazing. But we got into a bit of trouble. We decided to do a bit of hiking along one of the local waterfalls. Great idea, if you decide to not fall into the water. :) One of my friends decided that she wanted to walk close to the edge of the water. But the slippery moss covered rocks got the best of her. So, here we are, lounging around waiting for her clothes to dry out; while I blog about it.

I Accidentally

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Visa Restrictions

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

I’ve found a website that ranks the best Passports to have. While living in a foreign country, it has become quite obvious that having different passports can be either a blessing or a curse. I’ve seen some of my co-workers turned away at airports because they had the wrong passport or had an expired visa. Coming from the US, we’re quite lucky. The options for locations that we can visit without obtaining a visa ahead of time are plentiful. My friends from Iran and Israel don’t have it so lucky.

http://www.henleyglobal.com/visa_restrictions.htm

Change

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

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Macau

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Like how Hong Kong and Singapore were colonized by the British and Vietnam by the French, Macau was colonized by the Portugese. Two of the many things they inherited was food and architecture.

I’ve not been to Portugal. But, my portugese co workers tell me these photos could have been taken there (minus the Chinese signage). It’s a weird feeling walking around old European architecture with a thousand Chinese people. I kinda feel like i’m in either Dineyland or vegas. Which is fitting, since Macau has been referred to as the Vegas of Asia.

As for food. Wow.

I didn’t get to try too much food while I was there. But, I did get to try some eggggcelent egg tarts. These belong to a bakery that a few locals swear by. It’s a bit out of the way, but well worth the visit. The crust was warm and flaky like a nice croissant or baklava. (I know I’m missspelling it, apologies) and the filling was a delicious warm custard with just a touch of sweetness to counter the savoryness of the egg flavor.

Fantastic.

I present to you… Halloween 2008.

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

My costume this year.

Holy Crap. I have an accent.

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Water.

Water.

Say it with me.
Outloud.
Don’t be shy.
Listen to yourself.

Water.

Now say “Wadder”
Wadder.

Sounds the same doesn’t it?

I never noticed it before. I’ve always known it. But, I have an accent. People from the US, specifically California, pronounce t’s as d’s in certain words. Utter, daughter, shutter, they all sound like Udder, daughder, shudder. Weird isn’t it?

I had always thought the British strange because of the way they always over pronounced the t’s in water : wah-ter. Now I just realized it’s because I don’t pronounce the T at all.

I’ve almost made it.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

So, I’ve kinds given myself a few criteria to know that I’ve made it in my industry. I’ve never been closer to these goals than now. But, at the same time, I haven’t “really” reached any of those goals.

1. Win an academy award. Nope. Haven’t gotten that yet. But, I’ve worked on an academy award nominated film now.

2. Have a shot that I’ve worked on be on the cover of Cinefex magazine. Nope. I am in the current issue of Cinefex though. ILM took out a multi page ad in the magazine that lists and thanks all it’s employees. Unfortunately, they misspelled my name. Phiil Pham.

3. Work at ILM. Kinda sorta made that. I’m working with them albeit in Singapore.

Let’s see how far I can go next year. 😉